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“Stan has been inspirational in the guidance he has provided me over the past few years in both my professional and personal life. Stan has assisted me with many issues and has always been at hand which has resulted in huge rewards and successes throughout the years. Such successes have seen me excel at the things I thought were unachievable and my goals and aspirations are now being exceeded. I am much happier, successful and at peace as a direct result of Stan’s hard work. I am now moving onto the next chapter of my life where I am sure that Stan’s inspirational quotes and systems will see me through.

Thanks again Stan!”

John Laurence Ruddy


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On the first Wednesday of the Month, some of South Australia’s most successful and motivated people get together over breakfast to discuss, learn, share and grow – personally and professionally.


Join Stan Kontos and SOL Results and hear John Charlton’s animated stories about his drivers for growing the business and exiting, his insights into the unique family relationships and how he managed to be successful in the competitive world of fast fashion.

Mr John Charlton is a retailer with over 38 years of experience in retailing operations within Australia, and was the Founder and Owner of Spendless Shoes, before selling to The Shoe Group in July 2019. Originally coming from a footwear wholesaling and importing family which he broke away from to start in retail, John is known for his flair for driving sales growth, a vibrant culture and a commercially successful business.

Building a Big Business with a Winning Culture
with guestspeaker John Charlton, Founder of Spendless Shoes

Wednesday 3 May 2023 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking from 6.30)
Adelaide Pavilion | Veale Gardens
cnr South Terrace & Peacock Road, Adelaide

About our guest

John Charlton | Founder of Spendless Shoes

Mr John Charlton is a retailer with over 38 years of experience in retailing operations within Australia, and was the Founder and Owner of Spendless Shoes, before selling to The Shoe Group in July 2019.

John Charlton founded & ran Spendless Shoes for 31 years, a national family footwear retail chain of 250 stores plus online, with over 800 employees. Originally coming from a footwear wholesaling and importing family, he broke away from to start a business in retail. John is known for his flair for driving sales growth, a vibrant culture and a commercially successful business.

John Charlton opened the first Spendless Shoes in Glenelg, South Australia, in 1988. The high-volume, low-cost business was a far cry from John Charlton’s first retail job selling footwear for David Jones, but the model of allowing customers to self-select their own shoes by size – a concept that was popular in the US but less so in Australia at the time – proved to be a success.

For 15 years, John Charlton had a partner in the business whom he eventually bought out and shortly thereafter his daughter, Jaimee Charlton joined the business. John Charlton sold Spendless Shoes in 2019, while Jaimee has stayed on as General Manager under the new ownership.

John Charlton has served as a member of council of Wilderness School for 12 years (including 7 years as Chair), St Peter’s College for 5 years, and is a member of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee of the University of Adelaide.

He currently sits on the board of various large Australian companies, such as Lovisa and Detmold.

Join us at Breakfast at the Next Level, on Wednesday 3 May 2023. The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you. Buy your tickets now to secure your place.

1079 Life and SOL Results presents BREAKFAST AT THE NEXT LEVEL


There are strategies for success. Things we know work when they’re applied consistently. They’re age-old strategies, yet they’re not taught in schools, universities or technical colleges. Chances are, your parents didn’t teach you either. Not because they didn’t want to, just because no one taught them. In fact, it’s surprising how few people know and use them.

Learn what the 7 trends are that will shape how we think about wellness post Covid and into the future.

TUESDAY 16 May | 7.00 PM – 8.00 PM ACDT (light refreshments included)

Networking from 6.30 PM

Marshall & Brougham | 12 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town SA 5067

7 Trends that Define the Future of Health & Wellness post-COVID

The Pandemic has launched Health & Wellness to the number one spot of importance for many of us.

We will never go back to Pre-Covid thinking, rather we are experiencing an accelerated drive for people to experience Wellness in their life.

Wellness is more than being physically fit or eating a balanced diet, it encompases a more holistic approach to living and life in general.

Learn what the 7 trends are that will shape how we think about wellness post Covid and into the future.

About our speaker

Peter will inspire you to create everlasting inspirational results in your life.

Peter specialises in Health optimization, Vitality and Energy sustainability, Life Balance, Business Mentoring and Culture Development.

A successful entrepreneur, Peter serves as Director and Co-founder of several privately held companies in industries as diverse as health, self development, mentoring, coaching, business services, and consumer based retail. While diverse in characterization, all companies are growing and adding value to people’s lives by improving ones’ life experience.

Peter’s passion with health gives people the chance to apply easy strategies and techniques to take control of their health and achieve Energy and Vitality as part of their life.

Culture development is another passion and is a pinnacle of success in today’s business environment; Peter is a master at achieving the ultimate culture in your business by mentoring and coaching key personnel and taking them and your business to the next level.

Peter will inspire you to create everlasting inspirational results in your life, he has also coached many people to resolve phobia and addictions and return balance and harmony to their life.

Peter also is a great contributor for various charities and events through his personal and business interests. He is also a family man and a proud father blessed with 2 daughters, Peter loves life and people.

Join us on Tuesday 16 May 2023. The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you. Buy your tickets now to secure your place!


Join us at Fedoras Restaurant – or join via Zoom

Fighting Poverty through a Social Enterprise – Overcoming Systematic Poverty in All Its Forms

with guestspeaker Isobel Marshall, Young Australian of the Year
Wednesday 1 December 2021 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking starts 6.30AM)

Fedoras Restaurant – Hilton Hotel, 264 South Road Hilton

Young Australian of the year Isobel Marshall is the Director of Health and Education at TABOO and is part way through her degree in Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) and a Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide. Isobel is passionate about reproductive health and education programs, and has been awarded the 2021 Young Australian of the Year.

At just 18 years of age, Isobel Marshall co-founded TABOO with school friend Eloise Hall, to help women around the world by breaking down stigma around menstruation and providing greater access to hygiene products.

Isobel and business partner Eloise, crowdfunded $56,000 to launch their range of products in August 2019. TABOO sells high quality, ethically sourced, organic cotton pads and tampons to an Australian market, with 100 per cent of net profits going to One Girls – a charity providing education programs for girls and women in Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Locally, Isobel and TABOO have partnered with Vinnies Women’s Crisis centre, providing free access to pads and tampons for women who require emergency accommodation in South Australia. Recognising period poverty is not just a big city issue, they also support the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council.

Join us at Breakfast at the Next Level, on Wednesday 1 December.

The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you.

Buy your tickets now to secure your place!

A two-part inspirational workshop by Stan Kontos & Peter Gardiakos

Get Motivated with Stan Kontos

speaker, coach, entrepreneur and author with a passion for developing human potential


Create wealth through shares with Peter Gardiakos

entrepreneur in business, health mentor, NLP practitioner, long term investor and public speaker

Join us at Breakfast at the Next Level, on Wednesday 3 November 2021, when we hear from our very own mastercoaches Stan Kontos & Peter Gardiakos.

Get Motivated with Stan Kontos
Motivation is a key driver in all our lives. Everything we do, we do to gain a good feeling, or to avoid a bad feeling. The secret is knowing how to use emotions and not emotions using us.

No matter what is happening in our lives (good or not so good), wouldn’t it be good to know how to feel good? What if the events of the external world did not affect (excessively) our inner world? This is the science and art of motivation.

Come along to “Get Motivated with Stan Kontos” and learn how to make yourself (and others) feel good. When you know how to make yourself and others feel good, you will improve your leadership skills, and motivated people have (in general) better health, happier relationships, and growing incomes.


Create wealth through shares with Peter Gardiakos
Peter Gardiakos will share his insights into how wealth can be created with investing through shares.

Peter started his journey in the sharemarket in 1986 and is investing 35 years later.

Peter will share his insights and some simple rules to follow that have assisted him to be successful in the market, plus some mistakes that common investors make ( him included in the early days) to avoid making.

Please note that Peter is not authorised to give advice about your personal investment or share advice, the morning will be purely educational, Peter’s journey lessons and leanings he has encountered.

So if you are a beginner, new to investing or have experience there is always room for improving your education and knowledge is Peter’s belief and you never know one day in the future you can look back and say WOW.


The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you.

Buy your tickets now to secure your place!

Join us at Breakfast at the Next Level, on Wednesday 6th October 2021, when we welcome Andrew Downs, Founder, Owner & Executive Director at Sage Automation Group.

Andrew began his working life in 1980 as an apprentice electrician for Bridgestone Australia, in the automotive manufacturing industry. In 1994, he started his own company, SAGE Automation from the family backyard shed.

Today, SAGE Group of companies forms Australia’s largest independent System Integration service provider with 10 offices nationally and three in India, employing more than 470 staff and with revenues of $110 Million per annum. Andrew is passionate about leadership and strategy and has recently completed the Owner President Management course at Harvard Business School. Andrew was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Central Region – Technology) in 2004. Andrew loves his role as ambassador for SAGE, he serves on a number of privately owned company boards. He is also a member of the Australian Industry Group Defence Council.

Andrew Downs sits on the Board at SAGE Group Holdings as the Executive Director and is a Board Member of My Modular Non-Executive Chairman, Your DC Non-Executive Director, CAMMS Non-Executive Director, Ai Group Training Non-Executive Director and Container Deposit Solutions Non-Executive Director and SA Leaders Advisory Board Chairman

The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you.

Buy your tickets now to secure your place!

Join us at Fedoras Restaurant

What it takes to become a Global CEO – Learn universal principles from Grant Kelley, CEO of ASX listed Vicinity Centres

With guestspeaker Grant Kelley – CEO of Vicinity Centres


Wednesday 1 September 2021 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking starts 6.30AM)

Hilton Hotel – Fedoras Restaurant – 264 South Road Hilton

Join us at Breakfast at the Next Level, on Wednesday 1st September 2021, when we welcome Grant Kelley, CEO of Vicinity Centres Limited and the Chairman of Holdfast Assets, with over 25 years of global experience in real estate investment, corporate strategy, funds management and private equity.

Grant Kelley joined Vicinity Centres in January 2018 as CEO and Managing Director.

Vicinity is one of Australia’s leading retail property groups with $26 billion in retail assets under management across 66 shopping centres, making it the second largest listed manager of Australian retail property. It is one of Australia top 50 largest public companies with a market capitalisation of $9.7 billion and 26,000 security holders.

Grant began his business career at Booz Allen & Hamilton before moving to Colony Capital, the world’s third largest private equity real estate fund. At Colony, Grant was initially responsible for the operating performance and strategic direction of its Korean and Japanese businesses, and then later appointed Chief Executive Officer Asia Pacific. In 2008, Grant founded Holdfast Capital Limited, an Asian-based real estate investment firm, which was acquired in 2010 by Apollo Management, one of the world’s largest alternative investment managers. He then became Co-Head of Asia Pacific for Apollo Global Management, leading the firm’s real estate activities in the region.

In 2014, Grant was appointed CEO at City Developments Limited, a global real estate company with 103 locations in 29 countries and one of Singapore’s largest companies. Listed on the Singapore Exchange, CDL’s portfolio comprises residences, offices, hotels, serviced apartments, integrated developments and shopping malls.

Grant graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws degree, has completed a Master’s degree in Economic Sciences from London University and has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Grant is Chairman of the Adelaide 36ers, Chairman of Holdfast Assets, a Director of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia, a Governor of Pulteney Grammar School, a Council Member of the Asia Society Policy Institute and a member of the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council (South Australia).

Grant is a proud South Australian farmer, with a background in winemaking and sheep farming, and a self-confessed sports tragic with a passion for basketball which is useful since he owns the Adelaide 36ers.

The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you.

Buy your tickets now to secure your place!

Join us at Fedoras Restaurant – or join via Zoom


COVID-19 UPDATE – date change

We are happy to announce we have been able to postpone the event Breakfast at the Next Level from 4th of August till WEDNESDAY the 11th of August, hopeful that by then restrictions will be eased further and we can welcome ALL of our loyal sponsors, annual members and supporters in a safe environment.

So update your calendars…
Wednesday 11 of August 2021, same place same time

Please reach out if you do have any further questions or concerns


Turning Adversity into Strength – The Nick Lee Story & Jodi Lee Foundation

With Nick Lee – Director at Health Minds & Chair at Jodi Lee Foundation


Wednesday 11 August 2021 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking starts 6.30AM)

Join us at Breakfast at the Next Level, on Wednesday 11th August 2021, when we welcome Nick Lee, a corporate health expert and the Chairman of the Jodi Lee Foundation. He is also the Co-Director and Partner of Healthy Minds, a program that aims to provide people with optimal mental health and wellbeing.

With a beautiful family and working as a director of multi-national consumer goods company, Nick Lee had good reason to be happy and optimistic about his future. That changed in an instant when his wife Jodi was diagnosed with stage IV bowel cancer at the age of 39. After battling with the disease for 2 years, Jodi passed away in 2010.

We all face critical hurdles in our lives, but when we do, it is how we react that determines our future health and happiness. After Jodi’s death Nick made the brave decision to leave his job and use his experience to do all he could to stop others suffering a similar experience.

He established The Jodi Lee Foundation to inspire others to protect themselves against bowel cancer and make positive choices to improve their health. The work of the Foundation has saved many Australian lives.

As the Founder of The Jodi Lee Foundation, Nick developed a passion for corporate health and a strong desire to improve the health of ordinary Australians. Joining Tom Nehmy at Healthy Minds presented a perfect opportunity for Nick to fuel his passion. Nick has a wealth of corporate experience and is an accomplished speaker using his powerful story to motivate and inspire others to take action to improve their health. Nick is able to relate his own personal experience to current thinking about mental health, coping with stress and making the right choices when confronted with critical hurdles in our lives.

Nick was a 2015 SA Australian of the Year finalist, and was awarded the 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year (Central Region) by Ernst and Young.

This breakfast event is not to be missed! Join us to hear from Nick Lee on his life story, and how he has used his corporate business experience in the not-for-profit sector, successfully driving the growth of the Jodi Lee Foundation.

If you’re looking for inspiration to improve your team’s performance, your business or your own career, mark Wednesday 7th July 2021 in your diary and purchase your tickets for Breakfast at the Next Level featuring SOL Results Mastercoaches Manuel Karkafiris and John Ngatia.

At this special workshop event, Manuel and John will share valuable knowledge to motivate you to go beyond what you believe to be your capabilities. The presentation will include:

• Crucial conversation on communication

• Stepping up and delivering critical messages

• Understand your communication style

• How do you react under conflict

• Proven step by step process to get your message across

• Getting the best out of yourself and your team

• How to achieve your stretch goals

• Tapping into all the resources you need to accomplish your goals.


These insights are derived from Manuel and John’s own business successes, and skills & strategies that the gentlemen have used themselves to create continuous growth in their lives.

Leadership Tools for High Performance, Getting the best out of yourself & your team with Manuel Karkafiris and John Ngatia

Developing a positive mindset is crucial to personal and business success, says Manuel. It’s a practise, and requires commitment to ensure excellence becomes a habit.

“Our mind is a powerful organ and if we use it right, the results can be amazing,” he said.

Passionate about helping SOL Results clients to achieve success, balance and fulfillment in life, Manuel applies his internationally-accredited teachings of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to improve performance in all areas from career and finances to relationships and health.

“I have seen people’s lives turn around because they begin to focus on the good things in their life rather than the negative in every situation,” Manuel said.

Professionals including psychology PhDs, doctors, chief executives and chief financial officers have benefitted from working with Manuel to achieve business success, all the while focussing on the power of positive thinking.

Likewise, John Ngatia’s mission is to inspire people around the world to live a life of joy, great health and financial abundance. A dynamic and compelling speaker, John is renowned for his ability to motivate his audience to personally enrich the quality of their life – physically, mentally and financially.

With more than 15 years of experience in accounting and business, including both small businesses and large multinational corporations, John will help you to grasp strategies to adapt and apply to your own business and in your workplace.

John has successfully mentored high profile business owners, executives, doctors, surgeons and sports personalities. He was presented with Africa Media Australia’s African-Australian Person of the Year award in 2015, recognising his endearing and charismatic personality and his ability to capture his audiences’ attention and enable them to improve their lives.

This breakfast event is not to be missed! Join us at July’s thinktank to hear Manuel and John talk about how they have achieved business success, and take onboard a wealth of tips to help you to do the same in your life and career.


Wednesday 2 June 2021 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking starts 6.30AM)

Hilton Hotel – Fedoras Restaurant – 264 South Road Hilton

Join us at Breakfast at the Next Level, on Wednesday 2 June 2021, when we meet Marie Shaw QC. She is a pioneer and trailblazer in the legal profession as well as a lifechanging force lovingly shaping at risk youth into extraordinary community leaders.

With a burning passion focussed on improving community wellbeing, Marie’s work as the Co-founder of Ice Factor Program for at risk and disengaged youth -since 2005, is making a profound difference to the lives of young people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. It currently supports youth in 17 high schools in S.A through the discipline and teamwork, training and playing competitive ice hockey.

Starting in 1975 as a young clerk, working for Moran & McRae, Barristers & Solicitors, Marie worked hard during these years and as a result she became a partner in 1982 and commenced practice as a Barrister at the Independent Bar in 1985.

Over the next four decades, Marie made a powerful impact in the High Court, Federal Court, Supreme Court, Industrial Court, Family Court and the various Tribunals.

In her early years, growing up in Warrachie, Eyre Peninsula, Marie had burning willpower to achieve an education. Coming from a small country town, Marie felt she had to fight her way to the top, leaving her with a sense of not fully belonging.

Once at Loreto College boarding school, Marie made an admission that she could use hard work to overcome a sense of inadequacy and low self-esteem. She joined a school debating team, which won her an American Field Service Scholarship to live in the US for a year. After returning home, Marie concentrated her new experiences into something positive, and that ambition still frames her life today.

Meeting her future husband Phil, a police cadet at the time, her path into law was opened. Her longstanding marriage to Phil is a rare achievement among barristers, a first marriage still going 44 years later.

At that stage they had two children Marie and Phil decided to move to the country, to Bute, wanting her family growing up as she had.

After two years they bought a small farm at Mallala, which they still own today, and had their third child, diagnosed with dyslexia in her early years. It was the start of a difficult journey that brought Marie indirectly to her great passion, which is the Ice Factor. She is a dedicated philanthropist and devotes most of her spare time to the Ice Factor program which helps troubled teenagers, for whom the system is ready to give up on.

Marie has seen countless kids in court and knew what they had been through to get there – a trail of neglect, dysfunction, alcohol and drugs. She thought ice hockey might help these kids who couldn’t cope with school. The first 15 “Ice Factor kids” were from Parafield High and they were from “the dungeon” where they went during the day instead of normal lessons. Some were homeless and addicted to drugs, and had been in trouble fighting or stealing cars. That was the first pilot project 12 years ago.

Helping others is what Marie loves, and it is the Ice Factor program that drives her and gives her a sense of her own value. “This program is preventing so many kids from ending up in the criminal justice system — and not costing the state $100,000 a year,” she says. “So many of them go on to have very strong and productive lives.”

Marie has unlocked some of the secrets to a fulfilling life and how our callings can leave a lasting legacy for our family and community

The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you.

Yours in success,

The SOL Results Team

Join us at Fedoras Restaurant – or join via Zoom

Join us at Fedoras Restaurant – or join via Zoom

Leading With Influence – The Art of Managing Over 100,000 People

With guestspeaker Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment in South Australia

Wednesday 5 May 2021 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking starts 6.30AM)

Hilton Hotel – Fedoras Restaurant – 264 South Road Hilton

Welcome to the month of May, when we catch up with Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment in South Australia.

Erma Ranieri works passionately towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.

With the role of the public sector being to serve and support South Australia to thrive, Erma leads sector-wide reform to modernise the public sector and continue to build on its value and service to the South Australian community.

Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named a 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year as SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

With a key focus on flexibility, diversity and leadership development to ensure the public sector is positioned as an Employer of Choice, Erma continues to challenge cultural and structural barriers to drive innovative, collaborative and connected services for the community.

The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you on 5 May 2021.

Yours in success,

The SOL Results Team

Join us at Fedoras Restaurant – or join via Zoom